ZAMBIAN DIPLOMATS IN THE UK IMPLICATED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT & DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE;
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revealed a list of the most serious alleged offences in 2013, including representatives from Pakistan accused of rape and child abduction, and a Zambian diplomat implicated in a sexual assault case.
The unnamed officials are among 21,500 people granted diplomatic immunity in the UK, meaning they are not subject to British laws unless their country grants a waiver.
Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, those entitled to immunity are expected to obey the law, and if allegations are brought to light the relevant foreign government can be asked to rescind the privilege so they can be investigated.
THE FCO’S FULL LIST OF “SERIOUS AND SIGNIFICANT OFFENCES” INVOLVING DIPLOMATS IN 2013:
Driving a vehicle reported as lost or stolen and without insurance:
Sierra Leone 1
Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and without insurance:
El Salvador 1
Driving under the influence of alcohol:
Saudi Arabia 2, Belarus 1, Macedonia 1, Kuwait 1, Zambia 1
Actual Bodily Harm:
Cameroon 1, Zambia 1
Public Order Offence: